By Chris Norris
Harry Norman Commercial Division
Editor’s Note: When we launched Marietta Magazine key business owners reached out to share their love for Marietta with us. The team at Harry Norman - Cobb Marietta offered to write a column providing uplifting content each issue about Marietta life as loved by those who know best.
Revitalization of cities like Marietta through mixed-use, carefully planned development has enabled them to regain their independent city identities - no longer just a “suburb of Atlanta.”
IN THE LAST ISSUE, WE FOCUSED ON the amazing recreational opportunities our community offers. Now let’s talk about the meat and bones of life…the working and the living. One of the hottest national real estate trends in the past 10 years has been mixed use development. By definition, mixed use means that commercial real estate and residential real estate are placed in close proximity to each other. Like most great ideas it is a copy of an older idea with some new lingo attached to it to make it sound fresh.
In the early 1920s Americans began to expand into the suburbs and flee city living. For our region that meant Marietta ultimately went from a vacation destination to the suburbs and then it just kept growing on and beyond Marietta. For example, in 1971 Perimeter Mall opened and by 1986 much of the Cobb retail relocated to the new Town Center Mall and there was no retail or much life at all left on the Marietta Square.
Since then there has been an amazing revitalization of the Marietta Square and other smaller cities around Atlanta. Our cities have regained their identity and escaped the “suburbs of Atlanta” moniker. The reason for that is that our great city and others like it in the area are live, work, play mixed use developments, just like the new developers try to create all over the metropolitan area.
One of the great things about Marietta is the fact that one can live and work within miles of each other and not waste time commuting long distances. The primary appealing factor of mixed use is that you can live in one location and spend very little time getting to work. Then you get home from work you can get your dry cleaning, eat dinner and get groceries without getting back out in traffic.
Marietta is again a thriving city with its own identity and there are many people who make that happen. Some of the great small businesses that help make our city so special are run by your neighbors and you might not even know it. When you start to think about your next opportunity to go out or patronize a business consider your neighbor as they really are close by. They help make our city the great place it is to live and work.
If you need any help finding a house in the city call any of our professionals at Harry Norman, Realtors®. If you want to open a business in Marietta call me, Chris Norris, as I’m the head of the Harry Norman Commercial Division. I live and work in Marietta too!